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Harris County Commissioners Court agenda: Uplift Program’s deadline approaches and officials push for bodycams in the jail

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abc13.com – Nick Natario – 2024-01-30 21:22:36

SUMMARY: Harris County in Texas has launched a guaranteed income program called Uplift Harris to provide $500 a month for 18 months to low-income families in the ten highest-poverty zip codes. The program has received over 67,000 applications, far more than the 2,000 participants that will be chosen. Some state lawmakers are questioning the $20.5 million program, but Judge Lina Hidalgo believes in its success. In addition to the income program, Harris County commissioners are pushing for body cameras to be worn by correctional officers in the county jail after nearly 20 inmate deaths in 2023. The goal is to provide transparency and safety within the jail environment.

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AFD responds to brush fire in Greenbelt area

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www.kxan.com – Nabil Remadna – 2024-03-02 20:00:50

SUMMARY: The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, contained to a 40×40 foot area deep in the woods. The firefighters faced challenges due to dense brush, steep inclines, and limited water access. The fire was extinguished by 4:21 p.m. with the help of the Westlake Fire Department.

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City of Austin could see budget deficit, headed for ‘fiscal cliff’ with ARPA funding

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www.kxan.com – Grace Reader – 2024-03-02 18:05:12

SUMMARY: The City of Austin is facing a possible budget deficit for the 2024 fiscal year due to a decrease in sales tax revenue, with a current deficit of over $8 million. If the revenue remains flat, the deficit could reach $15 million by the end of the fiscal year. City officials are cautioning against assigning additional funds until the budget situation is clearer. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act funding, which provided $188 million to Austin, is running out and must be assigned and spent by the end of 2026. The city will need to find other sources to fund ongoing programs and services currently paid for with ARPA dollars.

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2 teenage boys shot at north Houston park on Casa Grande Drive, no suspect description available, HPD says

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-03-02 17:52:33

SUMMARY: Authorities in Houston are searching for the person responsible for shooting two teenage boys in north Houston. The incident occurred on Friday night, with the victims being a 16-year-old and an 18 or 19-year-old. The boys were hanging out in a park when they heard gunshots and were hit. The 16-year-old was shot in the upper body and is in bad condition but expected to be okay. The older teenager was shot in the leg and is also expected to recover. Police are investigating and looking for more footage or witnesses to help identify the shooter.

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